Becky Pearce, Cowes Enterprise College principal.
THE NEW principal of Cowes Enterprise College has announced she is to take maternity leave — just days after taking charge.
Parents learned the news Becky Pearce was to take a break from the school later this year in a letter from chairman of governors Rachael Fidler dated today (Monday).
The letter said: "Ms Pearce has planned to take a short maternity leave from late May 2014 onwards in order to return to the college as soon as possible, most probably during July 2014.
"We cannot yet confirm the exact dates, but we will keep you updated on all developments and assure you that this will have minimal impact on our college.
"It is extremely important to us that the college’s trajectory continues to move upwards, and our education advisor, Sean O’Neill, has kindly agreed to be acting principal during Ms Pearce’s maternity."
Mr O’Neill has already spent several months working with the college and has worked closely with Ms Pearce to support improvements, having previously worked at Bungay High School, Suffolk, which was graded "outstanding" by Ofsted.
Cowes Enterprise College is making satisfactory progress towards working its way out of special measures, according to Ofsted.
"It has been a pleasure to work with Ms Pearce so far, and we are looking forward to seeing the impact of her strong vision for the college.
"We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Ms Pearce on her good news," said Ms Fidler.
Ms Pearce has said she wants the college to be "outstanding" within three years.